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Posted inNews

UN to investigate Iran. History says that means nothing

Reading Time: 3 minutes Protests have spilled into the streets of Iran for more than three months following the untimely death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in September.  With the growing number of protests, deaths, and arrests, the UN Human Rights Council has finally taken notice. United Nations Human Rights Chief Volker Türk to called for an independent investigation by […]

Posted inCulture

I’m not celebrating the 4th of July

Reading Time: 3 minutes A 5-year-old with a pair of round glasses with a short, brown bob cut sits in a kindergarten classroom in a northern suburb of St. Louis. The day is just beginning, and the teacher asks the class to stand to perform the daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.  As she places her right hand […]

Posted inNews

The Thomas promise: Roe is only the beginning   

Reading Time: 3 minutes During the period between the unprecedented leak of Justice Alito’s majority opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization and the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, some political pundits and legal scholars have argued that the court would not stop at abortion—that established rights including gay marriage and even contraception could be […]

Posted inLaw

What does being a ‘person’ do?

Reading Time: 8 minutes In 2008, a Macedonian court found a bear guilty of damaging beehives. Since it had no owner and belonged to a protected species, the state was made to pay the fine instead. Legal history abounds with stories of animal trials, especially in the Middle Ages and early Enlightenment, when both secular and Ecclesiastical variants played […]

Posted inScience

There is hope, too, in the well

Reading Time: 5 minutes A common belief in journalism is that you have to emphasize the horror of a situation to spur action. If people aren’t driven by an existential threat, how can we ever expect them to act for a better world? But the well of our world’s suffering runs deep enough with sorrow. We still have a […]

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